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Venus trine Pluto: we are more powerful together

Venus trine Pluto Image by Henri Banks.

On 11 August Venus trines Pluto, which is a lovely sexy energy that is very hard to resist. Pluto is currently retrograde so this transit is likely to promote the integration of the shadow self within relationships. For more on Pluto retrograde you can read my in-depth article here.

On the same day Mercury briefly opposes retrograde Jupiter, which can make us a bit mouthy and opinionated. We can also feel a bit overwhelmed by options, or opportunities may arise that we aren’t in the right head space to take advantage of.

Venus trine Pluto promotes transformation within the social sphere and enables easy resolution of conflict and power struggles. Pluto rules death and endings and this transit supports our ability to let go of things that are no longer serving us, (and indeed things that were serving us pretty well!), in order to allow new ways of living and being to emerge.

With Venus still in Virgo this transit may bring up feelings of passionate devotion to another. This can be a wonderful energy so long as it is reciprocated. Be wary of one-sided situations where all the acts of service are coming from you. Conversely if someone is hung-up on you but you don’t feel the same be sure to let them know, gently.

Venus trine Pluto is also one of my favourite energies for sexy play and deep intimacy. Whether your in a long-term relationship or just meeting someone it can feel very intense. Just be careful not to read too much into it. Connections formed during this transit are unlikely to last very long.

How will Venus trine Pluto affect you?

Those with planets or points between 22 and 28 degrees of the Earth or Water signs will benefit most from this transit. If this is you, look to see which house the two are traveling through in your natal chart. This will give you a better idea of which areas of your life the transit if likely to impact most.

If you don’t have one yet, you can get a free birth chart at To understand how to read your birth chart, and follow the transits in your own life, download my free ebook The Language of Astrology.

I love hearing how you’re experiencing the transits. Share your thoughts on the Venus trine Pluto in the comments below.

17 Comments on Venus trine Pluto: we are more powerful together

  1. Great Article! Feeling this also, born with Mars/Uranus at 10 degrees Virgo and reinforced by Pluto at 13 degrees Virgo all in 1st House and also born with MidHeaven/Sun at 17 degrees Taurus and Venus at 24 degrees Taurus in 10th House. And hope you have a great week! John Henry

  2. Hello, Venus at 15 Capricorn here. It’s 6th house but since Pluto’s gone direct again the focus has definitely been on relationships for me, especially in the recent weeks. Thank you for the positive outlook as well as the warnings, it would be nice to see some developments on that front :)

  3. Hi Eva… Yes Pluto conjunct Venus is certainly intense. I’m thinking of writing another post on the subject as he swings by for a second pass over my own Venus in Capricorn. Although this time doesn’t seem quite so difficult as the last. Good luck with it!

    • I’ve read somewhere that if the transit happens to a planet in a stellium it can be felt through the other planets as well. Do you find that to be true? This is going to be my third pass. The first I experienced as positive and energizing, the second as a confusing low point. Wonder what happens around Christmas… Good luck to you too!

      • Hi Eva, yes I’ve certainly found that the stellium has been activated as a whole. Although relationships have been a focus… Let’s see: moving to a new country (Moon), starting a new Career (Sun), getting married (Venus), plus other things I won’t mention here… Yep! Definitely is happening in a holistic way :)

    • Hi Faith, I’ve come back with another question related to this. Does it tend to be significant when planets natally in aspect swap places, as it were, by transit? Soon Venus will conjuct my natal Pluto and square Pluto conjuncting natal Venus. Maybe I’m off the mark there but I imagine it could somehow ‘reset’ the square.

      • I’ve never thought about it quite like that… I think it’s more likely to strongly amplify the affect of the square. I think you’ll have to observe and see what happens. I’ll do the same as it will be an almost identical transit for me :)

    • Hi Faith. How was your Pluto conjunct Venus?. My Venus is at 25. What house is your Venus in? Mine is in 2.

  4. These all trine my descendant, 18 Deg Taurus. I have no idea if a trine to an angle means much as opposed to a conjunction.

    • Hey O… A trine to an angle is not so tumultuous in it’s impact as a conjunction so we don’t experience them so strongly. However here you have a triple conjunction from Venus, Mars and Jupiter on the one hand and Pluto on the other, forming a grand trine, so I would expect your primary (7th House) relationships to go through a period of harmony, well-being and good fortune.

  5. For once in a long time I have mostly green aspects in my natal charts with transits. Add to that the general good vibe of these trines, I can’t say that I’m surprised things are actually going pretty well for once. It has been a long time since things have looked so peaceful. Even the pluto-square-moon-square-mars transit does not seem to affect me THAT much, thanks to all the positive energy.

    A way this energy is playing out is probably through revelations of things that have been hiding from me in my subconscious mind for a good long time about the past. The planets are starting their journey through the 8th house (some of them already have – Mercury for example) or will, very soon. This makes room for hidden secrets coming up, thanks to Jupiter that shines it light on them. He is trine Pluto who is touring the 12th house, so this connection will certainly bring out secrets… Although no – not of the funny kind. But the impact has been less problematic I guess. Or – the pain has you could say.

    One of the things that was revealed (after 3 years of guessing) was the person my EX boyfriend cheated on me with during 4 out of our 8 years… My best (also ex) friend. (And yeah – wonder why she left…) It’s so cliché it sucks, but just because it’s a cliché it doesn’t hurt less. Jupiter is in my 7th house which also rules your enemies, so I guess it’s fitting. Finally the penny dropped at last, and I finally got some measure of peace instead of tormenting myself with speculations. So even if the truth hurts, it did bring some peace too, finally. And because of that truth I was finally able to see that I didn’t do anything wrong – or at least that my faults were minor compared to theirs.

    The wise people say there’s a really special place in Hell for betrayers. Well, now I know they’re right. But at least my heart was pure and I was in good faith of them all. A pity they weren’t but it’s their burden.

    This aspect between Pluto and Jupiter has also revealed the pattern of my inner demons throughout life, whom caused it and how my actions throughout life has made my brain wired with fear for the rest of my life. Oh man… heavy stuff I tell you. And yes – almost all of it came around the exact trine between Jupiter and Pluto. Well… it takes one to know one, right?

  6. Well, the truth DID set something free – the inner peace maybe ;-) I know I will have to deal with all this, but now I can take it one step at a time because at least now… I KNOW. At least I’ve stopped speculating and wondering which have given a certain peace and a deep inner knowledge that I really *am* a better person with a truly good heart and faith in people. So yeah, sometimes the truth can really set you free I guess.

  7. I’m very interested in absorbing as much as I can on astrology – I dabbled in past however never had the time to devote now I do … I tried to get a free copy but was told my email already exists, of course that is how I came upon this article/offer – does that mean I was given a copy in the past of the book Language of Astrology you’re offering?

    • Yes when you signed up you should have got a copy, however it has been refined a bit over the years so I’m happy to resend if you like.

  8. venus in virgo 11th house at 27 deg… I wonder

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